Globalization and Cross-Border Reproductive Services: Ethical Implications of Surrogacy in India for Social Work

G. Palattiyil, E. Blyth, D. Sidhva, G. Balakrishnan

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Abstract

Surrogacy in the context of cross-border care has hitherto received little attention from the international social work community. In India, the provision of surrogacy services for foreign couples may be seen as part of the country's wider health tourism industry. This article overviews current evidence on surrogacy in India, and discusses the extent to which proposed legislation, the Assisted Reproductive Technologies (Regulation) Bill and Rules 2009, satisfactorily addresses social workers' concerns to ensure adequate protection of the interests of young Indian women engaged in surrogacy, as outlined in the International Federation of Social Workers' policy on cross-border reproductive care.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)686-700
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Social Work
Volume53
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2010

Keywords

  • cross-border reproductive care
  • globalization
  • health tourism
  • India
  • International Federation of Social Workers
  • surrogacy

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